Thursday, June 22, 2017

3 Must-Have One-Piece Swimsuits

I've been considering adding a one-piece swimsuit to my lake day lineup since last summer, but hadn't found a style persuasive enough to make me go there until this week. Leave it to J.Crew to nail the look and convince me that the one-piece is very much happening. All three of these styles have an irresistibly sweet and playful quality, and I love how they make swimwear more of a look, encouraging me to accessorize and "outfit" them the same way I would style clothes. Going to the lake just got more fun! 

Today feels like it should be Friday, doesn't it? We have a busy weekend ahead, starting with our end-of-season kickball tournament, an overnight visit from my mom and a belated Father's Day BBQ for Chris's dad. I can't believe our trip to the North Shore is already next week! Chris already has our itinerary plotted out in Excel (classic), but I'd love to hear your recs for what not to miss. Have a great weekend! 

Shop all SWIM at J.CREW. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Pace

What's your morning routine? Chris wakes up early and drinks a strawberry smoothie while watching SportsCenter. Never snoozes. Mornings are harder for me (snooze city), but with the earlier summer sunrises I've started going for a quick 30-45 minute walk after rolling out of bed. I make coffee before I leave, it's ready when I get back, refreshed, and I let myself enjoy a cup and watch GMA before jumping in the shower. Because it's something I would do on the weekends, it makes week days feel a bit more "mine" before I head to the office—actually, a bit like vacation—and that first alarm is starting to sting a little less. It also leaves evenings free for rosé. All about balance over here. 

This wasn't a rosé night, but hot dogs and Coronas are right up there. The biggest downfall of our apartment is not having a balcony, so after work on Monday Chris and I headed to the lake to get our grill fix (Chris diligently chopped pickles and onions for relish and adorably packed the cooler and for some reason I can't get over it) and we ended up catching this gorge sunset—such a great change of pace for a Monday. It's not Porto, but it's pretty freaking good. Hope you're having a great week! 

P.S. This maxi skirt is so great (and on sale for $40). It's kind of the equivalent of joggers—dresses up or down and is all about comfort. Also, stretchy and light. Thinking about wearing it with this embroidered peplum top and these slides for dinner on Saturday night. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Embroidered Blouse

Like eyelet and linen, embroidery makes me feel super light and summery. I wanted to add one great embroidered blouse to my wardrobe this season and I didn't hesitate when I saw this one—it has a modern crop (but not so short that it shows skin), gently ruffled sleeves, and a perfectly happy palette of sky blue, coral, peach, yellow and green. A few swipes of geranium lipstick and lace-up heels give the boho vibes a modern edge for everyday life in Minneapolis (I wore it to work earlier this week). But it would be great with cutoffs (and a colada) on vacation, and I'd even wear it with a fitted black maxi and black wedges for something different and unexpected. Try a clutch (I like this, this and this) for just a touch of the embroidery trend.

Hope you have an uber relaxing, total zone-out kind of weekend full of sunshine, fish tacos and pretty embroidered blouses (I could use one!). It's supposed to be a little gloomy here, so I hope to get caught up on laundry and workouts and maybe get my summer Sea Salt fix or finally try Milkjam for a fancy scoop! See ya next week!

Madewell Blouse | Ann Taylor Jeans 
Denim Heels: Sam Edelman (similar here & here)
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Tell Laura

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tee Time

Do you golf? I've always wanted to learn—like riding a bike, it seems like one of those life skills I should have a grasp on. I don't have any grand aspirations (though it would be a pleasant surprise if I'm good!). I just want to be able to function through 9 holes. I've read golf is a fading pastime for my generation, so maybe twenty years from now couples and groups of girlfriends my age won't be hitting a round before going out to dinner, but I'd still like to be prepared for that scenario (ha). 

A couple of months ago, I ran into a former co-worker at a wine tasting who said she was signing up for a beginners' class at Glen Lake in Minnetonka, and I thought it would be fun to join her to learn the fundamentals. So today is our first of five lessons, and I picked up a few things to fit in and feel (however falsely) capable.

I think 7 years in a Catholic school uniform maxed me out on polos for the rest of my life—and that traditional golf look feels a little too cheesy/Baby Boomer for me. Instead I filled my cart with loose tanks and simple skorts that I can also wear to brunch, the grocery store or drinks after our lessons. New shoes were also a necessity—my current ones are so worn-down (and dusty from last week's kickball game)—and I love the slip-on, laid-back vibe of these. Looking ahead, I'll probably add a long-sleeve, jacket and vest into the mix, but this is a solid start for summer. Have a great Tuesday! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fourth of July Style

We just booked a few days on the North Shore for the Fourth of July! It's my goal to take more quick trips close to home this summer—it's tempting to hop a plane whenever we want to get away, but there are so many cool places within driving distance that I don't want to miss! I've never been to the Grand Marais area and have always wanted to see that part of Minnesota, so I can't wait! We're staying at a little place overlooking Lake Superior and plan to do some casual hiking and exploring for a couple days. If you have any must-dos for eating, drinking and adventuring, send 'em over!

Besides planning our itinerary, I've of course been planning what to wear. Punching up cutoffs with a fun red, white or blue top is the easiest, chill-est way to do the Fourth. I love this striped off-shoulder blouse because of the smocking (so hot now, btw). It's so annoying when off-shoulder tops don't stay where they're supposed to, and this one does! Wrap a silk scarf around your wrist for a little extra flair. If you want to slip into something nicer after a long day on the water (is there anything better?), I love a wide-leg linen jumpsuit or sweet ruffled dress. Whatever you wear, make tassel-star earrings the finishing touch. Oh. Em. Gee. These are the cutest!!! I love them with a washed red top for a tonal look, but they would be darling with white or blue, too. Talk about starry-eyed...

Jumpsuit | Earrings (on sale) 
Scarf (on sale) | Tie-Waist Shorts 

What are you doing for the Fourth?
Click through to shop more perfectly patriotic looks!
(Have you been wearing Cupcakes & Cashmere? I for sure need the white camisole.)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuxedo Bow Shell

I bought this blouse to wear to date nights and happy hours—and I'll definitely wear it for those occasions with skinny jeans and a fun heel. But I'm all about keeping a dressier top in the mix even when you're kicking it low-key. The contrast of this girly top's tuxedo vibes with destructed cutoffs and casual sneaks is pleasantly unexpected. It works, right?! Bows and ruffles and other feminine details are everywhere right now, and since this guy has two, I had to have it! I can't wait to fancy it up now that I've done the weekend version. No reason not to max out something this sweet.

Blouse: Ann Taylor (and a peplum version from J.Crew)
I like mine because it's machine washable!

Shorts: American Eagle—stretchy and comfy! 
Sneakers: Nordstrom—wearing these everywhere! 
(Oh, they're Kate Middleton's fave, too.)

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Elusive Day Dress

Hi, guys! I'm writing this while snacking on my fifth or sixth bowl of Angie's popcorn (sweet & salty all the way), so if you have any secrets for slowing the addiction, send 'em over! Anyway, happy Friday!! We kicked off holiday at Evereve yesterday which is typical for retail, but also kinda crazy (and starting my weekend off on an anxious note because I only have a few days to pop out three campaign concepts). Sitting at my desk, I can hear a lawn mower and see people passing by on bikes, so getting myself to think faux fur and gift guides is challenging. Hopefully I'll have some lightbulb moments over the weekend while, ironically, basking in all things summer.

When you can't turn work off (like me), an effortless dress takes at least a little of the stress away. Slip one on and you're out the door—instant outfit, zero brain cells required. The best thing about the Ann Taylor Ruffle Shift is that it pulls double duty. Clean and classic, it's easily dressed up or down with different shoes—I can wear it to work with flat mules, to a brewery with Supergas, or to a bridal shower with espadrilles. There's a bit of structure in the elevated-feeling fabric, the ruffle sleeves have just the right amount of flare and there's a cute keyhole detail in the back. It's going to be 90 degrees today and tomorrow so I'll definitely be wanting an outfit with some airflow. Have a good weekend! 

Dress: Ann Taylor (also in stripe) | Bracelets: Bauble Bar 
Earrings: Anthropologie | Ear Cuff: Shopbop

P.S. The ANN TAYLOR DRESS EVENT is happening now—
perfect time to pick up a few summery dresses for yourself on sale!
($50 off with code RSVP through Monday, June 5)

Also loving all of Gap's effortless t-shirt dresses

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer White

I've kind of become known around the office as the Ann Taylor girl—and this perfect summer sweater is one of many reasons why. It's the classic, easy pullover you can wear for dressy dinners AND weekend boating in that true white shade that defines the season. It has a comforting heft and the weight we still need on evenings and cooler days, but the wider knit is still totally breathable and light. Subtle lantern sleeves are that special detail that make this simple and timeless silhouette feel elevated, which I LOVE. And these raw hem cropped jeans are stretchy and light (the way to go if you're unsure about white denim)—the perfect post-Memorial Day pairing.

Hope your long weekend was a good one! We frolicked around downtown Minneapolis all day on Saturday, starting with brunch at Smack Shack and the Twins game for my dad's birthday, and eventually ending back at Smack Shack for a couple cocktails. We headed up to the lake on Sunday (I made my new favorite salad—I sub chicken for tuna) and got caught up on life on Monday. Back to reality today!

Sweater: Ann Taylor (40% OFF!) | Jeans: Ann Taylor 
Sandals: J.Crew (under $100!) | Jewelry: Ann Taylor (similar necklace, earrings)

p.s. Bauble Bar stocks tassel earrings in 28 colors!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

All Black in Spring

I've been trying to wear more color now that it's almost summer, but I still gravitate toward all black—for work and for the weekend when I want something chic, sleek and simple. Wearing one color head to toe can fall a little flat without the right mix of pattern and texture so I've been adding some edge with basics that go a step further: a structured, cropped tee that's elevated but not too special to wear on repeat, coated denim (with just a hit of sheen, it has the look of leather leggings and the wearability of blue jeans) and a fun pair of shoes. I love how the stripes and woven wedges are complementary in a low-key way.

It was just the thing to wear from work to The Wind and the Wave at 7th Street Entry last night. Chris got the tickets for my birthday; he first saw the Austin, TX group in 2014—what was then just Dwight and Patty has grown to a four-person band and they are so good! We were so pumped that we snagged two of the few stools in the small venue to watch the show (conveniently bumped up against a ledge to rest our beers). I had a (dorky) little moment walking back to the car afterward really appreciating the experience and fun date night that I wouldn't have had without my music-loving boyfriend. This and this are a couple of my favorite tracks if you're interested in listening. Oh—and I have to give a shoutout to Justin Young, one of the openers, who closed with a bomb Boyz II Men medley. I'll definitely be listening to some "End of the Road" today at work (ha).

Tonight we have our kickball league, then we're kicking off the long weekend with a bonfire at our friends' new house on Friday. Enjoy the rest of your week! xx

Sunglasses: Kate Spade (old) | Necklace: Anthropologie
Tee: Madewell | Jeans: Madewell | Shoes: J.Crew (only a few left)